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Pushing Hands / Tui Sau

tuī shǒu
Pushing Hands / Tui Sau Scroll

推手 is the martial arts title "Pushing Hands".

推手 is the title for two-person training routines practiced in internal Chinese martial arts such as Baguazhang, Xingyiquan, Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan), Liuhebafa, Chuan Fa, and Yiquan.

The first character means "pushing".
The second character means "hand" (or "hands").

This term can be romanized as "Tui Sau", "Tui Sao", or from Mandarin, "Tui Shou".

If you are looking for this term, chances are, you already know the meaning within the context of Tai Chi and other martial arts.

Push or Knock

To weigh one's words

fǎn fù tuī qiāo
Push or Knock Scroll

During the Tang Dynasty, a man named Jia Dao (born in the year 779), a well studied scholar and poet, went to the capital to take the imperial examination.

One day as he rides a donkey through the city streets, a poem begins to form in his mind. A portion of the poem comes into his head like this:

"The bird sits on the tree branch near a pond,
A monk approaches and knocks at the gate..".


At the same time, he wondered if the word "push" would be better than "knock" in his poem.

As he rides down the street, he imagines the monk pushing or knocking. Soon he finds himself making motions of pushing, and shaking a fist in a knocking motion as he debates which word to use. He is quite a sight as he makes his way down the street on his donkey with hands and fists flying about as the internal debate continues.

As he amuses people along the street, he becomes completely lost in his thoughts and does not see the mayor's procession coming in the opposite direction. Jia Bao is blocking the way for the procession to continue down the road, and the mayor's guards immediately decide to remove Jia Bao by force. Jia Bao, not realizing that he was in the way, apologizes, explains his poetic dilemma, and awaits his punishment for blocking the mayor's way.

The mayor, Han Yu, a scholar and author of prose himself, finds himself intrigued by Jia Dao's poem and problem. Han Yu gets off his horse, and addresses Jia Bao, stating, "I think knock is better". The relieved Jia Bao raises his head, and is invited by the mayor to join the procession, and are seen riding off together down the street exchanging their ideas and love of poetry.

In modern Chinese, this idiom is used when someone is trying to decide which word to use in their writing or when struggling to decide between two things when neither seems to have a downside.




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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

推手

see styles
tuī shǒu
    tui1 shou3
t`ui shou
    tui shou
Push or Knock Scroll
promoter; advocate; driving force; pushing hands (two-person training routine esp. in t'ai chi)

押出し

see styles
 oshidashi
    おしだし
(1) pushing something out; presence; (2) appearance; (3) (baseb) run walked in; (4) (sumo) pushing one's opponent out by pressing one's hands up against them

筈押し

see styles
 hazuoshi
    はずおし
(sumo) pushing up with hands under opponent's armpits; armpit push

はず押し

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 hazuoshi
    はずおし
(sumo) pushing up with hands under opponent's armpits; armpit push

押し出し

see styles
 oshidashi
    おしだし
(1) pushing something out; presence; (2) appearance; (3) (baseb) run walked in; (4) (sumo) pushing one's opponent out by pressing one's hands up against them

Variations:
はず押し
筈押し

see styles
 hazuoshi
    はずおし
{sumo} pushing up with hands under opponent's armpits; armpit push

Variations:
押し出し(P)
押出し

see styles
 oshidashi
    おしだし
(1) pushing something out; extrusion; (2) presence; appearance; (3) {baseb} run walked in; (4) {sumo} pushing one's opponent out by pressing one's hands up against them

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Pushing Hands
Tui Sau
推手tuī shǒu / tui1 shou3 / tui shou / tuishout`ui shou / tuishou / tui shou
Push or Knock反復推敲
反复推敲
fǎn fù tuī qiāo
fan3 fu4 tui1 qiao1
fan fu tui qiao
fanfutuiqiao
fan fu t`ui ch`iao
fanfutuichiao
fan fu tui chiao
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.


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